Study the biology of the mind. Learn about the complex interactions between genes, proteins, neurons, and circuits. Discover the origins of individual consciousness and behavior.

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Why Study Neuroscience?

It’s an exciting time to study neuroscience—the field is quickly advancing. Through these advances, you can gain a deeper understanding of how the brain functions. Knowledge you discover may provide insight for treating medical disorders of the brain.

Why Study Neuroscience at Luther?

Luther’s neuroscience major combines foundational courses in biology and psychology. It also includes courses in chemistry, computer science, and philosophy.

Luther’s neuroscience faculty members have extensive research and teaching experience. They share their knowledge about neurodevelopment, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

Our neuroscience courses provide hands-on experimentation and observation. You’ll examine scientific literature through classroom discussions and visiting speakers. You’ll also have the opportunity to conduct lab research with faculty.

Luther’s liberal arts program supports the neuroscience major. That means you’ll graduate with strong communication skills and an emphasis on ethics. The liberal arts program also helps you make connections across disciplines. These skills will help you excel in your career.

Program Highlights

Experienced Faculty

Luther’s faculty have research and teaching experience in neurodevelopment, neurophysiology, and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Get a broad overview of neuroscience by taking biology and psychology. Support this knowledge with courses in chemistry, computer science, and philosophy.

Research Opportunities

Work closely with Luther faculty members on their active research programs.

What You’ll Learn

As a neuroscience major, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of the field. The core courses and correlatives will expose you to the breadth of neuroscience. They will challenge you to develop competency in many areas of inquiry. These areas include quantitative and evidence-based reasoning. You’ll use these reasoning skills throughout the curriculum.

You’ll also learn how to find and interpret articles in the neuroscience primary literature. In addition, you’ll practice communicating scientific ideas verbally and through writing.


Careers and Outcomes

Luther’s neuroscience major provides strong preparation for your career.

Recent graduates have found employment in the following fields/professions:

  • Academia: teach students from high school to graduate school.
  • Medical or allied health: become a physician or psychologist. You can also work in fields like dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, and health technician.
  • Research: conduct biomedical research, pharmaceutical research, and drug development. Or work in biomedical and pharmaceutical sales or veterinary science.
  • Business, law, and public policy: work in economics, marketing, or for biotechnology companies. Find roles like patent lawyer or grant administrator. Land a job in neuro-law, government, public policy, or at a global health organization.

Rochester Semester

Luther’s Rochester Semester program is open to students of all majors, but it’s a great opportunity for neuroscience majors in particular. Our relationship with Mayo Clinic provides our students with premier internship experiences.

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